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NCJ Number: NCJ 240669     Find in a Library
Title: Do Faith-Based Prisons Work?
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Author(s): Alexander Volokh
  Journal: Alabama Law Review  Volume:63  Issue:1  Dated:2011  Pages:43 to 95
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 53
  Annotation: This article examines collected literature about the effectiveness of faith-based prisons.
Abstract: Results based on current research indicate that there is no strong reason to believe that faith-based prisons work. However, there is also no strong reason to believe that they do not work. This study critically evaluates the empirical studies of the effectiveness of faith-based prisons. The focus examines whether they reduce in-prison infractions or some measure of post-release recidivism, such as time to re-arrest, probability of re-arrest, or probability of reconviction. Findings show two studies that find no effect of faith-based programs, one study that’s too small to be meaningful, and three studies that find some effect, even if the effect that a few of these find is quite weak. And of those three, two were’nt about prisoners at all, but about after-care of released prisoners, and the remaining one shows no significant effect once the prisoners have been released. There is no available study that actually finds a significant effect of an in-prison faith-based program on recidivism. This study concludes with thoughts on how faith-based prison programs might be improved, and offer a strategy that would allow such experimentation to proceed consistent with the Constitution.
Main Term(s): Faith-Based Inmate Assistance Programs
Index Term(s): Recidivism ; Literature reviews ; Prisonization ; Prison management ; Faith-Based
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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